Sen. Ted Cruz joked about his trip to Cancun amid a crisis-level storm in Texas last week, which brought frigid temperatures, widespread power outages and burst pipes that flooded homes.
Speaking Friday morning at this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference, Cruz (R-Texas) made the remarks while kicking off his speech.
“God bless CPAC,” the Texas senator began, “I’ve gotta say, Orlando is awesome. It’s not as nice as Cancun, but it’s nice.”
The remark was met with laughs and gasps from the crowd.
The event, which was moved from Washington, DC, to Orlando, Fla., due to coronavirus restrictions, kicked off Friday morning with remarks from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Cruz has been doing damage control following the scandal, which erupted after he was caught flying to the Mexican resort city with his wife and two daughters, ages 10 and 12, days after Texas was crippled by a once-in-a-lifetime winter storm.
Ted Cruz addresses the crowd on the first day of CPAC in Orlando, Fla.Getty Images
He was forced to cut his trip short, flying back home the very next day, and issue a mea culpa.
Cruz came under intense scrutiny over the optics of the mini-vacation — and for leaving the family pooch, Snowflake, home alone with no power or heat.
“Apparently, I fed Snowflake to the wolves,” Cruz said, brushing off the backlash. “He was home with a dog sitter. The heat was kind of back on. The whole thing is a bit absurd.”
He also has said that his wife, Heidi, was “pissed” that texts showing her inviting neighborhood pals on the family’s trip had been leaked to the media.
During his fiery CPAC speech, Cruz also took aim at former House Speaker John Boehner, who made news Thursday after an Axios report revealed that he offered the Texas senator an expletive-filled message in his new book.
“Oh, and Ted Cruz, go f— yourself,” Boehner reportedly says as a side note in the audiobook recording of his upcoming tome.
The message is not written in the text of the book, titled “On The House: A Washington Memoir.”
Boehner appeared to address the report in a tweet Thursday, where he wrote, “Poured myself a glass of something nice to read my audiobook. You can blame the wine for the expletives.”
The tweet featured a photo of the former House speaker sitting by a microphone with a glass of wine in hand.
Ted Cruz came under scrutiny over the optics of his Cancun trip during a power crisis in Texas.REUTERS
Cruz did not initially comment on the reported diss from Boehner — until reaching the CPAC stage.
“You know yesterday, John Boehner made some news. He suggested that I do something that is anatomically impossible. To which my response was: Who’s John Boehner?”